Friday, January 04, 2013

I do not understand Bloglandia

Amalah put up a post about her little boys' socks and got 72 comments.  So far.

Crappy Pictures put up a post about teeth brushing and got 148 comments.

And don't even get me started with Pioneer Woman.  A poem about her CAT?  238 comments.

Don't get me wrong; I'm not jealous.  I'm more ... incredulous.

I read some of the popular bloggers.  I enjoy some of them.  But the idea that seventy-two commenters felt a need to chime into a conversation about kids' socks?

I don't understand Bloglandia.  I guess I never will.


Domestic Kate said...

I don't get it either, but I'm definitely jealous! I don't want 70+ comments necessarily, but 10-20 would be nice. I guess I need to start writing about kids' socks.

rockygrace said...

Kate, we're in good company. Deus Ex Malcontent just did an excellent post about the sale of Current TV to Al Jazeera, and he got two comments. Two.

The only post of mine that got a sh*t-ton of comments was the one I did slamming Dooce, and most of THOSE comments were slamming ME.


Becs said...

I don't care about kids' socks. I do remember the lightning bolt moment when I realized Pioneer Woman is nothing but a sham. Who else is doing her laundry, designing her website, home schooling her kids? One woman couldn't do all that. Well. Maybe Martha Stewart but she's crazy and a jailbird.

Birdie said...

I prefer bloggers that get less than 25 comments. After that my comment becomes meaningless and there can't be that cool bloggy relationship.

~~Silk said...

Sometimes it has nothing to do with the blogger or the writing or the topics. Sometimes it's that a community of sorts forms. The commenters get to "know" each other and carry on their own conversations, using the post as a base. Take a look at any of the Cheeseburger comment threads for example.

This coffee klatch thing gets started during one "train wreck"-like period when a lot of people drop in, and then just feeds itself. It works best under a blogging platform that allows commenters to "reply to" each other, and then indents the thread, making "comment conversations" easy. (Blogger doesn't do that.)

Communities will also form more easily when there is exactly one post every day, at about the same time every day. The post could consist of two words, but the community will show up and check in in the comments area. Coffee klatch time!!

Domestic Kate said...

Birdie: I agree. I don't usually read--let alone comment--on blogs that regularly get tons of comments. Also, you'd fit right in on my blog :)

rockygrace said...

Becs, yeah, the bloom's been off the rose for me with the P.W. for quite a while now. And now I'm baffled that I ever read her to begin with; I don't even LIKE basset hounds.

Birdie, I do read some of the popular kids; I just don't comment. Like you and Kate said, what's the point?

and ~~Silk, yeah, the community thing. MckMama Without Pity is like that, and also belongs to a whole nother subculture: Blogs that exist only to slam other blogs. (p.s. I hope you're feeling better.)